A brief history of ALMA


July 2022 - 2023

The history of this period is in this PowerPoint presentation : 2023 ALMA Roundup ( Powerpoint23,861 Kb)


  • Election and Consecration of eight new IAMA Bishops, five in Mozambique and three in Angola.
  • July - August: Lambeth Conference with all twelve IAMA Bishops and all London Bishops
  • 4 August: Renewal of ALMA Covenant
  • Enthronements of the new Bishops
  • November: The Archbishop of Canterbury, Bishop Rob Wickham and four of the ALMA London team visit Mozambique to celebrate the inauguration of IAMA and visit Cabo Delgado and IDP camps.
  • December: Retirement of Bishop André Soares, first Bishop of Angola 2003-2022 (Now an Emeritus Bishop)


  • Cyclone Eloise in January, badly affecting Zove. Cyclone Gombe in February.
  • ACSA Synod approves plans and timescale for Mozambique and Angola becoming a Province of the Anglican Church.
  • Bishop Carlos appointed President of the National Election Commission
  • ALMA Sunday without congregational singing but very creative!
  • 24 September: Online inauguration of IAMA, the new Province of Mozambique and Angola (Igreja Anglicana de Mocambique e Angola).


  • Ordination first three women priests in Lebombo, Joana, Fatucha, Lina and also Edilson – Sheenagh Burrell was there to represent London and visit other ALMA Projects
  • Ordination of the five students in Lichinga supported through Hefsiba college by three London churches
  • London Lent Appeal Wheels for Climate Emergencies
  • Milange new school building project fires ahead
  • Covid and Lockdowns – no in person ALMA Sunday service, but an online celebration
  • Zoom meetings
  • Death of Fr Teodosio Tovela who spent a month with us in London
  • Escalation of Cabo Delgado conflict
  • Opening of Children’s Clinic at Lichinga hospital (Building supported by an ALMA Donor)
  • New water supply in Chimoio Cabo Delagdo after Cyclone Kenneth Damage


  • Bishop Rob Wickham (ALMA Chair) attended the inauguration of the new Missionary Diocese of Nampula and the enthronement of Bishop Manuel Ernesto as its Bishop.
  • Cyclone Idai, closely followed by Cyclone Kenneth, wrought devastation to all three Mozambican dioceses.
  • Pentecost Appeal for reconstruction of churches, schools and clergy housing affected by the cyclones.
  • Bishop Sarah Mullally’s first visit to Lebombo.
  • Joan Antcliff early missionary in Mozambique and author of ‘Living in the Spirit’ died.
  • Bishop Rob Wickham and Archdeacon John Hawkins (ALMA Vice Chair)’s first visit to Angola for its transition from Missionary Diocese to full Diocese.


  • Visit from Bishops Carlos (Lebombo) in January and Vicente (Niassa) in January and July
  • Floods in all link dioceses and Hulene Rubbish Dump disaster in Maputo
  • Installation of Bishop Sarah Mullally as the 133rd Bishop of London.
  • Sheenagh Burrell (ALMA Co-ordinator) ordained priest.
  • Visits from London to link parishes in Luanda, Angola and Mandimba, Milange and Chigoma, Niassa and Homoine, Lebombo.
  • Lebombo 125th Anniversary celebrations and establishment of The Anglican Church of Mozambique


  • Severe drought in Southern Africa
  • Visit from Bishop Manuel Ernesto, bishop with responsibility for Lurio, Niassa
  • 2017 Lent Appeal Sowing Seeds for Tomorrow, for educational projects in each diocese
  • The new Bishop of Niassa, Bishop Vicente Msosa, enthroned
  • 25 Lebombo pilgrims visit with Bishop Carlos


  • Drought in Southern Africa, some villages vacated, crops fail.
  • Eco Church launched
  • Yellow Fever outbreak in Angola
  • Bishop Rob Wickham, Bishop of Edmonton, now Bishop for ALMA, and Ven. John Hawkins, Archdeacon of Hampstead, join the ALMA team
  • Bishop André Soares, Bishop of Angola visits for ALMA Sunday and discussions at Chatham House and the All Parliamentary Party Group on Angola in the House of Lords
  • Revd Vincente Msosa elected the new Bishop of Niassa
  • Anglican Angolan Youth celebrated 40 years
  • St Paul’s Knightsbridge visit their link at Nhamavila
  • New ALMA Projects Mozambique Officer Joanne Beale
  • Read more in the 2016 Annual Report …


  • Severe floods in Niassa, over £15,000 raised in London
  • Bishop Paul Williams, Bishop for ALMA, became the Diocesan Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, and Archdeacon Rachel Treweek, Chair of ALMA, became Diocesan Bishop of Gloucester
  • Angola purchased its diocesan vehicle with funds from 2012 Lent Appeal – Giving Ministry Wheels
  • Ivan Macie became ALMA Link Officer in Lebombo
  • First female clergy ordained in Niassa
  • October: Bishop Mark van Koevering finishes his ministry in Niassa.
  • 1,100 Tutu desks delivered to Lebombo and Niassa
  • Read more in the 2015 Annual Report …


  • March: Bishop Dinis Sengulane retired after 38 years as Bishop of Lebombo.
  • June: Bishop Manuel Ernesto consecrated as first Suffragan Bishop of Diocese of Niassa.
  • July: ALMA Sunday celebrated in London with Bishop Dinis and Lina Sengulane; and also in Luanda.
  • September: Bishop Carlos Matsinhe elected and consecrated as new Bishop of Lebombo.
  • ALMA received grant to produce themed RE teaching resources.
  • Read more in the 2014 Annual Report …



  • Giving Ministry Wheels Lent Appeal was for equipping our partner churches in Angola and Mozambique by investing in their transport. The appeal raised £63,500 and helped to fund a good quality second hand vehicle for Angola, Lebombo (Southern Mozambique) and Niassa (northern Mozambique).
  • Representatives of ALMA attended the celebrations of the 10th anniversary of the Diocese of Angola in Luanda.
  • The Bishop of Kensington, Paul Williams, visited both Mozambique dioceses.
  • Read more in the 2012 Annual Report …


  • Training God’s people Lent Appeal raised £50,000. It has been used to provide additional lay and clerical training, supporting the tremendous growth the Mozambican and Angolan churches are experiencing, and has also funded the purchase of 180 ‘Africa Bible Commentaries’ in Portuguese.
  • The Bishop of Lebombo, Dinis Sengulane, was present at the ALMA Sunday celebration service.
  • In November, there was a special service in St Paul’s Cathedral to mark Bishop Donald Arden’s 50th anniversary as Bishop. Bishop Arden is the father of ALMA, and previously Archbishop of Central Africa.
  • Read more in the 2011 Annual Report …



  • Tenth Anniversary of ALMA celebrated at River of Life service in St Paul’s Cathedral on 13 July with the ALMA Bishops. New Covenant signed.
  • Education for All Lent Appeal raises funds for a primary school in each of our three link dioceses, more than meeting its target of £75,000.




  • Tree of Life at British Museum.


  • Launch of Theology Education by Extension (TEE) in Angola.



  • Swords into Ploughshares exhibition in London.
  • End of civil war in Angola.


  • Bishop of London visits Mozambique.


  • Devastating floods in Mozambique throughout February and March. Mozambique Flood Relief Fund raises £170,000.
  • July visit to London by representatives from the three dioceses.
  • Bishop Dinis becomes first Honorary Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral.



  • Signing of ALMA Covenant on 12 July.
  • Accident at Zove on 27 November during first visit from London. Berta Sengulane, wife of Bishop Dinis, dies in the accident.